I’ve cried enough

Photos by Pedro Madueño

Photos by Pedro Madueño

Both mary and CC sent in a link to this wonderful interview in the Spanish publication Magazine. Here’s the Google translation – it’s frustrating as usual especially given the seriousness of some of the topics addressed in the interview.

88 Responses

  1. Nic says:

    Oh no I’m a little scared to read this just cos the title alone made my heart skip a beat for rafa. Hope it’s not gonna make me too sad for him! It’s probably gonna break my heart. Ouch? Gotta come back to read it later after work.

    • miri says:

      It’s not sad at all.

    • Atch2 says:

      Reading it reconfirms why I luv Rafa the person. He has a good head and heart.

      But u may want to leave it until after work bec u need the concentration to understand google’s trans.

    • Ch F says:

      I read it in Spanish, it isn’t sad at all. It’s even inspiring.

    • nic says:

      I finally read it. Took a bit of concentration to get through, but so worth it. Sorry guys, this morning I was kind of worried it would touch on Rafa crying at some point or other specifically this year for all that has happened and I thought it would totally break my heart. But thanks for the reassurance in advance, haha.

      What can I say about Rafa, but, he is just gorgeous, inside and out. Thoughtful, sensitive, caring, down to earth, self aware, grateful, honest and open. Wow, what an amazing person we have as our inspiration. I am so glad I have come to know and love him so much over the last few years. It’s been pretty inspiring to look up to and adore Rafa. The tennis is what grabs you from the start, but it’s the character that makes your heart grow fonder and fonder and fonder all the time. It’s amazing how much more I can love this guy with each tourney that passes, each press conference I watch, each interview I read, and each beautiful picture I see. I’m constantly in awe. Not in the sense that he’s this unreachable, godlike, infallible idol. But absolutely because he is so human, so real, so honest, so pure. I don’t know why the word “pure” seems to pop into my mind when I think of Rafa, but it just seems to bottle his essence to me.

      • Phyzzie says:

        So true, nic. He is totally pure and most definitely a person to look up to and respect. His honesty and humility is a role model for everyone – old and young alike.

        • An says:

          This time i thank you Nic! This comment off yours exactly describes a lot off my feelings for our Rafa…

          Couldnt have put it in words anny better then you just did! :)

      • dutchgirl says:

        Thanks Nic, for describing exactly what attracts me – and I’m sure a lot, if not all of us – to Rafa!

  2. patzin says:

    I thought it was a wonderful article/interview. Trying to understand what was intended is a little tricky – but a wide range of topics. Rafa always impresses me with his sensitivity and kindness. He always takes responsibility for his life, his career and doesn’t credit or blame. That is a wonderful lesson – “I am responsible for my life”.

  3. CC says:

    Gosh, I love this so much. It’s so refreshing to read answers from a young person who comes across as being so…unpretentious and thoughtful. Maybe I’m being cynical, but it feels like you wouldn’t get many guys his age saying things like “I think fear is part of life. I’m afraid.” Beautiful.

    And the pics. I don’t even know where to start. The locker room one is so hot. (It cracks me up that they have hangers in there, can’t really see Rafa hanging his grey sweats up neatly…)

  4. mary says:

    Rafa is open, honest & not at all afraid to say what he feels. We could all learn from this nobal, unpretentious wonderful individual.
    It is no wonder we adore him.
    I also agree with you CC. Rafa wouldn’t know what to do with those coat hangers. Probably play with them. ;)

  5. Atch2 says:

    Is this the closest we are going to get to hearing Rafa swearing?
    In the Qu. ‘What does the pressure for you?, Who put pressure on a player like you?’
    Answer: “That day I was fucking with anger at not having raced, but everything is pick up the pace, take the dynamics and be confident that you will win”

    Anyone know what a ‘Quemao’ is, in the answer about Rafa getting angry?

    • mary says:

      Well Atch2 I found out that in spain that spanish word does not mean fucked up but messed up. So actually our man did not swear, bugger. As my friend explains:-
      “In Spain, “jodido” does not mean f** up. They use it like we would say “messed up.” In other hispanic countries, however, it is used as f** up…for some reason, Spain plays down the intensity of the word, so Rafa did not say f** up in an interview”.
      That was courtesy of Jeanette.

      • Atch2 says:

        Thanks mary. Rafa still remains sweet and innocent as apple pie.

      • nic says:

        Hahaha, yeah I totally got thrown off *WHOA* by that translation! That in itself was pretty messed up! Glad Mary could clarify this for us. Poor Rafa, I didn’t realise the Cilic loss had such an impact on him. I recorded it but never got to see it yet. Too painful just from what I read about it. And it still breaks my heart every time I hear Rafa say the RG loss this year was painful. Because I still remember it like it was yesterday. What a raw experience. And it was the first time you could see how affected Rafa was as he left the court. Painful for us, but oh so much more for him. Thank goodness he’s got great strength of character and bounces right back.

      • CC says:

        “So actually our man did not swear…”

        F-ck, Rafa. I’m disappointed in you. ;)

        • Eliana says:

          Hey CC don’t worry, Rafa has swore on occasions, like any 23 year old guy. Just search in Youtube the Tennis Pro video were he’s playing Playstation with Moyá. Moyá is giving him a pounding at Winning Eleven and Rafa says in Spanish “hijo de la gran p*ta!!!” which means Son of a b*tch!!!. The funniest thing is that he screams it at himself. It’s true what Mary says that in Spain they play down the intensity of words that at least in Latin American countries would be a no-no

  6. Rafangel says:

    Lol he is a bit of a swearer, but then the Spaniards are known for it and as Mary says, it’s less frowned upon there (‘joder’ is the f-word and shocks some other Spanish-speaking nations, but not the Spaniards, lol). He does say ‘puta’ a lot in his matches.

    • Atch2 says:

      Rafa really says ‘puta’? Really? I google translated it and it means something like ‘bitch’. I can never tell what he’s saying on court, unless it Vamos.

  7. Rafangel says:

    Sure, often. It literally means ‘whore’ but I guess you could say more like ‘damn’, ‘sh!t’ or something. It’s really common. Don’t worry about it, though – it’s way more acceptable in Spain (politicians publicly use ‘cono’, which is the really vulgar c- word). Maybe it’s like the difference between the US, which is really sensitive about swear words, and the UK, which doesn’t think ‘damn, darn, hell, heck’ etc are at all offensive.

    • Jinx says:

      lol…I think he just likes the word “p***” .I want him to swear at me while doing things to me! Look what you have done Rafael!!! :x Making me think of vulgar things……..:/

      Thanks for posting those interview!He’s so amazing. I’m crying right now because I want him so bad.

      • Rafangel says:

        Heh, I’m glad he’s not too innocent ;-) Honourable, wise, sweet, charming, strong, remarkable and *mostly* pure – is good!

  8. Debbie says:

    Thanks for posting this interview. Loved it.

  9. CC says:

    Am I the only one who hasn’t been able to stop thinking about doing Rafa on a bench in an empty locker room all day today?!

  10. sia says:

    CC … now I’m a bit embarrassed … it just came out before I had a chance to stop it … and now everyone can read it. whoops.

    • CC says:


      You’ve made my day, possibly my week, that can’t be a bad thing! :D

    • Rafangel says:

      Lol Sia I’m sure we’ve all thought much worse than that ;-) An, I’m glad I’m not the only one here who has a boyfriend and still loves Rafa – I can now feel less guilty ;-) Actually, Rafa came a long time before my bf…

      • An says:

        Rafangel, there are lot more here who have boyfriends or men and still love Rafa! Nothing to feel quilty about fanatsy’s….

        I’ve grown to love Rafa since RG 05 and i met BF in march this year…. My friends and familly think its verry funny because BF actually looks like Rafa ( even has a Spanish grandpa )and the true is that was the first thing that made me aware off him off course and they now all say : Look, you found youreself youre own Rafa.
        Don’t worry, in the past months he himself has grown into a verry big place into my heart but a part off my heart belongs and will always belong to Rafa. BF knows and is perfectly ok with it, even thinks its verry funny himself how things turned out.. the only time he didnt like it was when we had a conversation about what i would do iff i ever realy met Rafa and he was giving me the chance;)

  11. Rafafan says:

    All this translation – and I haven’t seen the link yet!

    Does anyone know what “hijo de puta” means. Apparently he was caught off guard on the camera saying this in English (I read it somewhere – not sure where).

    Someone says puta means damn, shit? (Ok in English that’s nothing)

    Joden – swear word f….?

    Cono – the no no word C….

    You all make me laugh when you say pissed or pissed at himself. In English this means absolutely “pissed” – drunk anebriated, staggering. In English your meant to say pissed off! when you are really f…. off – 2 different meanings.

    Also anyone know what Ostia means (excuse spelling). The reason being when Rafa had his very first interview at RG in 2005 (it was called Rafa funny interview) – he said some words in spanish and this was one of them. They have now taken that inteview off utube. Can anyone get it back it was so so funny. Also if anyone has seen Benidorm on TV (Fridays on English channel)the waiter who is a dishy spanish often says ostia! and I remembered it coz Rafa had said it.

    God help me – my son is learning spanish extra curriculum and am asking him to translate (he only 12!!)

    I shall watch the link now xxxxxx

    • miri says:

      It may be Britsh to say pissed = drunk; but it’s not American…at least not southern American. I’ve only heard anglo-philes say it to mean drunk here. If I say someone’s pissed, I mean they are angry.

      • Rafafan says:

        OK Miri but definitely you will get a strange don’t understand you look if you said that in England.

        “you are pissed” – would normally mean you are saying you are very very drunk and very funny with it.

        Pissed off – totally different – worse than angry!

        Do you know what Ostia means and get my drift with the utube funny Rafa at the 2005 FO when he said it at the beginning of the interivew. He started to say “I am very hhhappy and then they all laughed and he said some spanish words including ostia. I think it was meant to say something like “what the f… are they laughing at already, I have only just started?

        • Eliana says:

          Actually “Ostia” is the communion wafer Catholics eat during Mass. A lot of people in my country, when they’re mad, say “me cago en la Ostia”, which is very sacrilegious, because if you believe in the Catholic dogma, you’re saying that you sh*t in Christ’s body. But to be clear, I don’t know if Spaniards give it another meaning (sorry for the religion class!!)

          • miri says:

            Interesting. I wonder if that’s kind of like a more vulgar version of something I’ve heard people say in the US, “Christ on a cracker” which I’ve never understood.

            • mary says:

              Thats why I love being an aussie, cause ‘pissed’ can have several meanings here, both drunk & angry & another example like “I pissed in his ear”. It means verbal garbage, bs in his ear. And the list is endless. We even have dictionary for our slang words & statements. We are famous for inventing ways to use words. Originally it was just our rebelous nature against our British heritage that we invented our own colloquial language. And believe me it’s colourful

            • sia says:

              Here in Canada the french speaking Quebecois use all kinds of terms related to catholicism and its liturgy as swear words. Ostie tabernacle (sort of like god-damn it),
              Calice (chalice), pronounced Kaaaliss, is a bit like saying Fuck off.

        • johanne says:

          You can say pissed or pissed off here in the States & it never means drunk (unless it’s a British person saying it lol). I think all miri’s saying is it means one thing in the States & another thing in England. I don’t think anyone on this site was talking about Rafa being drunk!

        • Rafangel says:

          Rafafan, lol! Bet you were pissed about that hangover ;-D

          Can’t find the FO 2005 interview but I think I’ve seen it and may have downloaded it (will have to rummage in backup disk tho cos I had to clear HD space). But have you seen the Pau Gasol-Rafa ‘Must see it – funny’ vids on You Tube? They’re advertising watches from a few years ago and a) they are must-see funny b) Rafa is must-see gorgeous and c) – amazingly – he can act. When did that happen, and what happened after that?!

          • Rafafan says:

            Hi Rafaangel by the way if you have got that 2005 funny vid downloaded of Rafa interview that would be great and put in context all we have been translating sweary words or not…

            Yes seen that with the watches but mmmm don’t really think Rafa can act, gorgeous as he is.

            Am off to bed now with cup of tea going into rafa dreamworld. Nighty night

    • Carol says:

      I’ve heard / seen Rafa & Charly Moya use Puta di Madre in some of the youtube Playstation vids… part of it is taken out on the subtitles, so I assume it’s a bit rude?

      I didn’t think joder was considered that strong… a bit along the lines of oh shit… A bit like “mist” (lit = dung)in German. Open to correction of course :-)

      (Isn’t it funny how we “know” about swaer words in foreign languages!!!)

  12. Rafangel says:

    Hijo de puta = son of a bitch (lit. ‘whore’) – he called Fed-ex this half way through the bagel Rogi gave him in Shanghai 07. Specifically, I think, ‘jodete, hijo de puta’, and if I tell you that ‘te’ means ‘you’, our little language class here should’ve provided enough info to translate! But I don’t think he usually resorts to such pleasantries. Again, however, it’s another common and therefore fairly innocuous Spanish expression.

    Hostia can be translated lots of ways but I think maybe as an adjective you could use ‘bloody’, and as an interjection, ‘bloody hell’ or ‘shit’. As Eliana says, ‘me cago en la hostia’ is unbelievably rude, like ‘f***ing hell’ or ‘f***ing b*llocks’. Worse, maybe, cos of the sacrilege.

    Rafafan, yeah, the Brits get a few laughs from the US use of ‘pissed’!

    I love language (generally, I mean, not vulgarities specifically). For all you translation needs I recommend wordreference.com, though it isn’t so good for slang or swear words. For those, try Googling ‘the alternative Spanish dictionary’ – or ‘Catalan’, since he speaks that too. It’s limited but can tell you a bit. (I hope you don’t mind me giving that link, Miri).

    Sigh. Rafa and language. Two loves. My life is complete ;-)

    • miri says:

      Of course I don’t mind the link – it’s about what we’ve been talking about which is on-topic…right? Oh, Christ on cracker, perhaps it isn’t.

  13. Rafafan says:

    Glad to know that our Rafa is not quite so squeeky “pure” clean as we are led to believe and he is a pretty normal human guy!

    No wonder they took that clip off utube with his first interview in English after he won the FO 2005 (but it has only been recently – say about 3 months ago). And wasn’t he a lad then at 19 – catching him on camera with those sweary words. You naughty naughty boy. Sigh sigh…. wish someone can bring that utube interview back.

    Thanks Rafangel for the spanish lesson – very interesting and I will be glued now for everything he says in spanish or on the court!

    Hostia Vamos in London xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Rafafan says:

      PS: I was very pissed off after our Rafa lost to the Djok – in fact so pissed off I got pissed!! and had a very bad hangover the next day

      • Rafangel says:

        Good to know he isn’t too good ;-) And I meant to post a reply here but managed to put it further up the page, sorry. Not very web literate.

        • Rafafan says:

          Rafangel. Yes I was very pissed off about my hangover!! I suppose I had it coming having been well and truely pissed!… (or in otherwords drunk, smashed, hammered, pickled as we say in English). But this was nothing compared to how I felt after Rafa losing at the FO to the SOD – so pissed in fact, I forgot what happened the next day! until my brain recovered. Have never ever been in a state like that – this is what Rafa can do to you drive you to drink with his edge of the seat matches. Trying to be tee total and with “calmmmmmmmm”

          Anyway hope we all get the drift now between pissed and pissed off in the wonderful my fair lady English language.

          On to the 02 in London we go for lots of Rafa excitement next week

          • Carol says:

            (or in otherwords drunk, smashed, hammered, pickled as we say in English): My personal fave is trollied or pissed as a newt…

            Oh to London indeed… the manky (sorry more British slang) BBC are only covering the Sat and Sun semis & finals :-(

            The Davis Cup squad has also been announced (no surprises): Rafa, Feli, Fer, Ferru! All of ’em huggable-snuggable…and capable of winning!!

      • aRafaelite says:

        And after being on the piss and getting really pissed, you probably needed to take a piss, and your friends probably took the piss out of you for being such a pisshead, and you got so pissed at them (for taking the piss) that you ended up pissing them off, and now we’re all pissing ourselves laughing about it!!! Does that about cover it?! Oh piss it, you’ve all pissed off and stopped pissing well reading haven’t you?! Pissing hell, talking about piss so much, is making me need a…! And as for all those piss-poor excuses for journos who keep pissing all over Rafa’s career… well, they couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery!

        Piss is actually one of the words with the most meanings in the English / US / Canadian / Aussie language. I taught an entire afternoon of Advanced English just on the word piss once – so I’m pretty sure I’ve missed quite a few meanings here!

  14. Mary from Cincinnati says:

    Hi there,

    the article was probably the best I ever read about Rafa. You all described him perfectly….honest, humble, down to earth, a great role model! Proud to be a follower!

    As for him swearing…that was just the dumb google translation….In Central and South America it would be swearing, but not in Spain….it’s a little twisted! So he isn’t naughty at all…I wish he was :)

    As for “Quemao”, I asked all my Native Spanish Speaking Co-Workers and it means something like “an obsessed person”.

    Besitos to all! VAMOS RAFA!

    • Rafangel says:

      Thanks, Mary from Cincy. I was wondering about ‘quemao’, couldn’t track it down.

    • Denizen says:

      Question: If “puta” is all sweetness and light and good-natured chuckles when used in Spain, then why is it edited out of the first comment to a Spanish article posted today on the Davis Cup selections? (http://bit.ly/41y0P comment #1). I’m truly curious – thanks.

      • miri says:

        Was it edited by the site or the poster? It’s like people here will post “f***” when I don’t give a fuck if they cuss or not ;)

        Do I think Rafa doesn’t cuss? Heee! No. Given the life he leads (young male athlete surrounded by the same), I’d be shocked and, perhaps, a bit worried about him if he didn’t.

        • Denizen says:

          The site edited it! If the word’s so harmless, why the gosh darn heck did they feel the need to slip in the doggone asterisks?

          In general, anyone who buys the “Rafa is pure and innocent” theory should PM me since I have some swampland in Arizona to sell.

          • miri says:

            Okay, I wasn’t sure and didn’t want to take it for granted that it was the site.

            And I’m totally with you on the “pure and innocent” thing.

          • Atch2 says:

            ‘pure and innocent’ goes with the babyface on the massage table.
            ‘dirty mouth’ goes with the fighter on the court.

          • Delta says:

            Hell no, he’s not so pure & innocent, but is a softy @ heart. Don’t understand the reference to Arizona? My recollection is no swampland here, wetlands in Seattle. Me reside in California, but have home here and still here. Phoenix is 5th most populated city in USA behind NYC, L.A. Chicago, Houston. Pretty much a lovely oasis w/palm trees, pools, golf courses abundant. Not to get off-topic, but Denizen mention Arizona.

        • johanne says:

          LOL I’d actually be really disappointed if he didn’t swear. I need a good mix of sugar & spice. ;) Plus I’m a potty mouth myself, as you know. :D

        • Rafafan says:

          What does cuss mean? Does it mean curse?

  15. Rafangel says:

    Do you know what, though? This interview has upset me; he said something and I’ve never been angry with Rafa before. I’ve been more upset about some of his losses, but not angry cos I know he does his best. But I’m really disappointed in him today. Boo.

    • Nic says:

      What you angry with rafa about? *confused*

      • mary says:

        He is human after all, not a perfect well oiled machine. Fuck, what am I saying, of course he is a well oiled machine. I’ll oil that perfect……….anyday.
        Some Omissions for G rated patrons :)

        Oh, sorry Rafangel got sidetracked. He does that to you. Mucho por favor tell us what has upset you. We won’t bite, well I won’t anyway!!

  16. Atch2 says:

    I so enjoyed reading and laughing along with everyone’s comments, blissfully ignoring the usual Bkk traffic jam.

    Rafa has so many endearing sides to him. We know he’s a fighter, he’s sensitive, funny, sometimes dorky, always adorable, but now to find he has a dirty side to him just tops it off.

    I want my own Rafa to take home! Pls technology catch up. If I can’t have the original, I’ll settle for a Rafa clone.

    I will now have to concentrate more on watching his lips (besides other things) when he’s playing.

  17. mary says:

    If anyone just happened by this site, they’ed sure get a fucking, I mean f*****g laugh out or us.
    I’m absolutely sure there was more to this article than a swear word!!!! ;)

  18. Sam says:

    Well this article clearly shows two things;
    1) That Rafa is a very grounded and intelligent young man, with good morals and a heart of humility.
    2) That Rafa actually speaks much better English than Google Translator! LOL

    Bless Rafa, olwes xxx

  19. Sam says:

    And I think I missed the swearing part?!?
    But I do remember hearing Rafa say “shit” at the USO Kid’s Day in 2008, the TV cameras picked it up very clearly. But I think it is nice that Rafa is as human as the rest of us; personally I find people who don’t swear often uncomfortable to be around….not that I am ‘around’ Rafa very much, well, like, not at all…sadly :-(

  20. Carol says:

    Oh such a super interview, even in Googlish, some of the intensity and conviction comes through – you lovely guy! Garros stil makes *me* feel down, so can only imagine what it must be for Rafa… *sobs*

    And BTW: oh shit, if a 23 year old bloke doesn’t swear, he ain’t a human being. (Just to add to every one else’s comments…)

    • Delta says:

      Actually, he swears more than people know and drops the F-bomb, but cannot distinguish when he’s @ work cuz his demeanor more placid than most when upset, another cleaver attribute from that adorable creature. Funny, recall Dick Enberg during this years AO making comment about him when camera showed him after losing a point (a show of displeasure only in eyes) quote:- “that’s almost an outburst from Nadal”. LOL!

  21. Leigh says:

    Q: A friend of yours is heading to Afganistan’s war with Spanish Army. Would you say a few words about that?

    A: Hard to know what to say. For me, going to war seems so unreal! Just the fact of anyone saying “I’m going to war” seems inconceivable to me. Virtually all bad things that happen in life are caused by fanaticism of any kind, that cause problems that otherwise could be avoided. Anyone can have likings, affections, beliefs, but always respecting the other’s opinions, without offending anyone. Anyone can be religious, atheistic, Christian, Muslim, whatever; that’s fine, but other different thing are all the atrocities made in the name of religion… that’s too much. For me, religions are the major cause of death (murder) along the History.

    Q: How would be your perfect world?

    A: I don’t think a perfect world is possible. We can aspire to a lot better world than the world we’re living right now, though. Not for me, because I’m lucky enough to have a virtually perfect life, but for many other people.

    Q: Who’s the tennis player you admire the most?

    A: The all time best that I’ve seen is Roger Federer. The main point about him is the talent he’s got to do his stuff. I’ve seen him training lots of times, and very few times have seen him training with the same intensity I’ve trained for all my life. Never, actually. That impresses me. I’m sure a player like him has worked a lot since he was a kid, but you watch him training and he’s not even paying much attention. He’s got that gift: with little concentration needed, inspiration comes to him, he gets his momentum immediately and then he makes really difficult stuff like if it was easy.

    Q: What is the importance of your girlfriend’s help in order to keep your motivation and keep becoming a better player?

    A: None, I think. Getting better as a competitor, no one can help you about that: not your family, not your coach, no one. It’s up to yourself maintaining motivation, hope and conviction in order to keep making the efforts to continue being the best. You need to have it in yourself, or no matter if they ask you 200 times to do it: if you don’t want to do it, you won’t do it.

    Q: Any idea of what would you change about the world?

    A: I’d get rid of all weapons in the world. It would be vital for a better world. We’re always talking about poverty, but for example I’ve been in Chennai, India, several times. I can assure you that while being surronded by poverty, I’ve seen happiness in people’s faces. We all should take it into consideration. On there, they have virtually nothing, they live on the streets but you see the faces and the faces don’t lie to you. Here [Spain or Western World] many people has virtually everything but when you see them going to work in the morning their faces don’t reflect what you would call “happiness”.They [in Chennai] are awesome. Here, we don’t appreciate what we have; it happens to me, too.

    Q: You been all around the planet, what did you see that shocked you the most?

    A: I’ve seen many things, but it’s really difficult to witness certain stuff on certain countries, because when I’m there, I’m on the most favorable environment. It’s difficult to go through the same things that many citizens of these countries go through. No doubt, an event that shocked me the most was the 9/11. At the time, I was playing a match in Madrid trying to get my first ATP point [it was 15:00 h. in Spain] and lost the match after 13 match balls. After the match I went to watch it on TV. Six months before 9/11 I had been up there, on the Twin Towers, during a holidays trip with my family. A year after that I went to see Ground Zero. The images of the plane, the instant when the towers fall off… it still gives me goosebumps.


    Q: What does “pressure” mean to you? Who puts pressure on a player like you

    If you are talking about the media pressure, it means little to me. I suffer more of a kind of personal pressure. If a sportsman lets himself guide by what the press say, he can really end in a bad way. First of all, because the way press value things is debatable and reaching a semifinal could become meaningless. You could end not appreciating any title that is not a Slam or a Masters Series. It’s a bad philosophy when it seems that only big wins are really important. For me, every single match is important, every single match is vital. The pressure you feel, is the pressure you put to yourself. I take it easy, knowing that it’s very hard for anyone to achieve what I’ve achieved in the last five years. During those years I got very good results, better than I could have never imagined before. On that basis, I can take it easy. If my career would end today, I’d think I had a very good career. Another different thing is the motivation for getting better, for wanting to be the best. That’s pressure too. I want to play well every single time I step on the court; I always want to win. But if I lose the Shanghai final, I won’t return home feeling any sadness at all. I’ll be content about the level of play that I have, knowing that you can’t always win, specially when your rival is doing better than you. Matches like the one I lost to Marin Cilic in Beijing, on the other hand, they do leave a bad taste in one’s mouth, because I was coming from playing well and that particular day I did everything badly. All of this prepares you for success, it’s part of the game, but for me it’s unusual stepping on court and not being able to get into the match, like it happened to me against Cilic. That day I left ****ed up, feeling enraged for not having been a competitor. But it’s all about getting the momentum, getting the dynamics and having the confidence that you gonna win.

    Q: Do you really think media don’t appreciate your success, like you said in La Stampa?

    A: No, that interview was incorrectly translated. I didn’t criticize the press. I said that when you rise to certain level, you go to Umag and win the tourney and it seems to be considered just ordinary routine. I’m not blaming the press for that. It is what it is. But getting in that dynamics is bad for us; we would only play the Slams because they’re are the only stuff mass media care about.


    Q: Does Nadal get pissed about anything?

    A: Yes, as any person. I’m not an angry guy, though; I’ve always had a pretty good self control. I’m not the kind of guy who starts yelling when he gets pissed, no.

    Q: Do you remember the last time you cried?

    A: Yes, I’ve cried several times, but I don’t see the point of telling the story about those. Everybody cries sometimes.

    Q: Did you ever cried because a tournament, like Federer?

    A: Yes, I’ve cried after losing, but not on court. When I lost 2007 Wimbledon’s final, I cried, but in the locker room. I don’t like to cry while other people is watching.